Our commitment to the local art scene is evident throughout our Belleville, Edwardsville, Nashville and Clayton offices which feature a diverse display of paintings, sculptures, glassware and other works of art. We love to showcase the varied talents of local, regional and national artists. Many of these pieces have been purchased at Belleville’s annual Art on the Square festival, the St. Louis Artists Guild and from local artists.
For nearly 15 years, we have offered artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in our Belleville and Edwardsville offices’ art galleries. We display select artists’ pieces for the community to enjoy and purchase. Past artists who have received exposure from our gallery include students from SWIC, SIUE and Lindenwood as well as members of the Gateway East Artist Guild. Pieces are displayed for approximately three months.
“We know how hard artists work to perfect their projects,” says George Marifian, a shareholder at MMR. “It’s our pleasure to provide these talented individuals with a place where they can proudly display their creations for the public to appreciate.”
High School Sculpture in the City at Belleville’s Art on the Square
Our firm has always embraced opportunities to broaden art education in our community. We’re a huge supporter of Art on the Square, one of the nation’s premier art fairs which takes place each May right outside of our Belleville office. In 2011, we began sponsoring the High School Sculpture in the City program, which was created by Art on the Square to support art education and help beautify the city’s landscape with unique art sculptures.
Under the guidance of a different renowned artist each year, students from the four Belleville high schools learn the creative, hands-on process of designing and building sculpture pieces. In the program’s first four years, several hundred student participants from Althoff Catholic, Belleville East, Belleville West and Governor French Academy created sculptures that became permanent pieces on their schools’ campuses.
“We are so proud to help provide such a unique experience for local students,” says Pat Mathis, a shareholder of MMR. “It’s amazing to see the enthusiasm and creativity they put into these projects. It’s a great lesson for them to see how their hard work can become something that hundreds of people in the city can enjoy.”
In 2015, Belleville West students created stunning pillars that were installed at the entrance of Belleville’s oldest park, Bellevue Park, for the entire community to enjoy. Students from Belleville East created two sculptures in 2016 that have been installed at Laderman Park in Belleville. Althoff students had the chance to create the 2017 sculptures, which reside on the city’s bike trail near their campus. These works of art can be seen from Frank Scott Parkway. Sculptures created in upcoming years will continue to be placed in Belleville area parks.
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Edwardsville Art Fair
Our dedication to art appreciation and education extends beyond the City of Belleville. As a leading sponsor of the Edwardsville Art Fair, a fine art show and festival that takes place in Edwardsville City Park, we help make it possible for families to enjoy a weekend of art together. The annual Art Fair features the original works of approximately 100 accomplished artists. The Create IT and Take IT art program is also a highlight of the weekend, where kids can create their own take-away projects at no cost to them.
MMR shareholders enjoy the honor of choosing Best of Show at Edwardsville Art Fair celebration. Past judges include shareholders, Pat Mathis and Deanna Litzenburg, and associate attorney, Joe Harvarth.
“It’s always an honor to be part of a community event in which families can unplug and appreciate creativity together,” said Sandy Tatoian, an MMR shareholder, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Edwardsville Arts Center.
Children may also discover the joy of beginning their own art collection by purchasing a piece from the Children’s Art Gallery. Some of these pieces are displayed in MMR’s Edwardsville office for approximately one month leading up to the Art Fair. For only $50, kids can browse through a gallery of artwork donated by some of the area’s best artists and choose a piece to take home. Proceeds from the Children’s Art Gallery benefit the Edwardsville Art Center’s free Saturday classes for kids.